Homegrown

by Lowetide

There are a bunch of names on the Oilers 50-man list we don’t know. Alan Quine, anyone? Seth Griffith?

At the same time, the NHL draft is complete and many quality prospects were passed over. Why?

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2020 DRAFT PROSPECTS WHO WEREN’T CHOSEN

I usually have five or so names from my top 100 in each draft who are not chosen. This year is mostly typical, although my top 60 were drafted and that’s unusual.

As an example, I had goalie Veini Vehvilainen No. 37 in 2016’s draft, he passed through. Vehvilainen would get drafted in 2018. Here is this year’s list of players in my top-100 who were not drafted:

  • 63 LW Owen Pederson, Winnipeg (WHL). Scored 28 goals in 61 games.
  • 81 LW Kyle Crnkovic, Saskatoon (WHL). 5.07 winger, 64 pts in 63 games.
  • 83 RW Wiljami Myllylä, HIFK (Jr. Liiga). Speed demon, gaudy scoring.
  • 84 LC Theo Rochette, Quebec (QMJHL). Undersized two-way center.
  • 87 G Sam Hlavaj, Sherbrooke (QMJHL). .915 save percentage.

TYLER TULLIO COMPARABLES

Tullio is a prospect we’re going to spend some time on. He plays in the OHL, posted 66 points in 62 games (1.06 points-per-game). Names over the last five years who have been in his range at 17 (Tullio is an April 2002) include Connor McMichael, Philip Tomasino, Nick Robertson, Robert Thomas, Taylor Raddysh, Michael McLeod. Not saying he’ll land there, but those are his comparables.

50-MAN LIST (45)

G Mikko Koskinen. His .924 five on five save percentage places him as the clear No. 1 goaltender. He should be able to solidify his starting status with 60+ percent of the starts.

G Mike Smith. Veteran is back and one year older. His five on five save percentage in 2019-20 was .900, No. 50 of 52 goalies who played 1,000 or more minutes during the regular season.

G Anton Forsberg. He has NHL experience and I’d give him a 75 percent chance of playing in at least one NHL game next season.

G Stuart Skinner. Oilers like him but he has to perform well in Bakersfield next time the Condors play hockey. He had a strong run in November (six games, 4-2-0, .921 save percentage, 2.35 goals-against average) but was not consistent.

G Dylan Wells. He is in an even more difficult spot than Skinner, who at least has the net for some of the time in Bakersfield. Wells needs a break of some sort during the final year of his entry deal.

G Olivier Rodrigue. He has already posted a quality start in Austria and is not facing a strong depth chart as he begins his pro career. Russian Ilya Konovalov seems to be the strongest competition at this time.

LD Darnell Nurse. He played 23:27 last season and may hit 25 minutes a night in 2020-21. Rugged defender, puck transporter, enforcer and top-4 defenseman.

LD Caleb Jones. It wasn’t planned this way, but the Oilers need Jones to duplicate Ethan Bear’s rookie season with something similar on the second pairing. Wonderful skater, he can make outstanding passes and is strong. I think he’ll need 35 games to get comfortable.

LD Kris Russell. The Klefbom injury combined with the flat cap looks to have ensured Russell hanging around for the final season of his contract. I think he’ll pair with newcomer Tyson Barrie and get plenty of PK time.

LD William Lagesson. Barring any additions, the Klefbom injury would seem to guarantee Lagesson’s presence on the Oilers roster. He could fill most of Russell’s role within a year, although he obviously won’t bring much experience.

LD Oscar Klefbom. He is injured and it looks like he could be gone for the entire season.

LD Philip Broberg. He is 1-3-4 after seven games and playing almost 21 minutes a night in the SHL. All of the smart math people I have talked to over the last several years tell me that the top-flight defenseman make themselves known very early, as in by 20. This young man turns 20 next June. He might fly up this depth chart in the last 12 months.

LD Dmitri Samorukov. Another defenseman with good arrows, this time in the KHL where he’s 2-4-6 in 14 games (17:29 per night). He is having a breakout season in Russia (+13, I don’t know his even strength on ice goal differential).

LD Theodor Lennstrom. Has played just four SHL games, averaging 14:52 per night. I think he’s going to get r-u-n-o-v-e-r-d by all these lefty blue prospects.

LD Markus Niemelainen. He has played four Liiga games and has 31 pims, so Niemelainen is seeing lots of Finland! He’s a shutdown blue, I’d like to see him in Bakersfield, test that mobility.

RD Adam Larsson. Veteran is effective when healthy and a grave concern when his back goes sideways. In the final year of his contract and vulnerable as an Oilers player.

RD Ethan Bear. One of the best rookie seasons by an Oilers defenseman in the last decade, and he’ll be a bargain contract again next year. Sublime passer and that experience a year ago should be useful in the coming season.

RD Tyson Barrie. It’s going to take some time for the idea of having Barrie on the roster, but he’ll make a great deal of difference on outlets and on the power play. Fantastic addition.

RD Evan Bouchard. He’s blocked from getting an opening night job, but injuries happen and some effective play in the minors should mean he gets the recall. Not sure when he’ll get to show off his PP prowess.

RD Filip Berglund. He has played six games this year (0-1-1) and is averaging 21:54 per game. I’d love to see him in AHL games.

LC Connor McDavid. Not much information after the Covid-19 news but he should be ready for training camp. I have a feeling he’s going to make teams pay in 2020-21. Amazing five years.

LC Leon Draisaitl. Hart Trophy winner. Superhero. Honestly I’m not sure what he can do for an encore but cannot wait to find out.

RC Kyle Turris. I didn’t think the Oilers would hire an offensive center for third-line duties but we are here. As long as he can outscore opponents five on five I’m on board.

LC Jujhar Khaira. He’s a fine penalty killer and Tippett liked him late at center. I don’t think Khaira owns the No. 4 C job but he has a good chance to play 50 games there.

RC Gaetan Haas. I believe he has a chance to pass Khaira on the depth chart, and Haas might take playing time away from some of the wingers too. His underyling numbers were among the most interesting of any Oilers bottom six forward a year ago.

RC Cooper Marody. It’s an important year for him, and I’m not sure if he lands at center or on the wing. He has a great deal of skill for the AHL, and his NHL games were encouraging. It’s just been so long since we saw him good and healthy.

LC Alan Quine. He’s an interesting player. Definitely in that AHL-NHL shuttle in terms of quality, he’s noticeable in a good way . Aggressive, 1.21 points per 60 at five on five for his career.

LC Ryan McLeod. I think the Oilers are less than a year from putting him in the NHL lineup every night. Fast train with two-way ability, the only question is offense. Oilers would be thrilled if he could post 1.60/60 at five on five and I think he might be the No. 3 center soon and for a long time unless Dylan Holloway grabs the job from him down the line.

RC Adam Cracknell. He can play center or wing, and is a big, rugged forward. It’s my guess he is a candidate for recall, although the role he plays is mostly found on Edmonton’s wings (Kassian, Chiasson).

LW Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He has scored 20+ goals three seasons in a row, and Nuge’s shooting percentages in those years has been part of the spike. In his first six years in the league, RNH scored 95 goals on 887 shots (10.7 percent). In the past three seasons, he is shooting 13.0 percent (74 goals on 531 shots). He is a more complete player now than he’s ever been.

LW James Neal scored 19 goals, 12 on the power play and many early in the season when the Oilers got off to that great start. He is not a plus five on five scorer and eventually will be forced down the depth chart, but Edmonton doesn’t have anyone who will push him on the roster at this time.

LW Tyler Ennis. A welcome return after a solid audition, Ennis scored 3-3-6 in 12 games, including playoffs. That’s about 15 goals, and puts him middle six for the Oilers on the left side. He has a chance to win the job on McDavid’s wing and looked healthy and fast during his time with Edmonton. One of the most important spots on the roster (wrote about it at The Athletic), I don’t see him as the long-term solution for 97’s left wing but he could have a helluva year there.

LW Joakim Nygard. He’s a speedster and Holland-Tippett want more pace, so I see Nygard as a possible middle-six option at times. His work with McDavid, in a very small sample, was impressive.

LW Tyler Benson. Oilers don’t trumpet his arrival and that’s a tell. Edmonton’s left-wing depth chart is currently the weakest on the roster, and Benson is NHL-ready. I think the management of the team view him as a bottom six option. There is, however, hope. If Holland doesn’t add here, Benson has something close to a clear path to the NHL. He has talent, but needs to arrive in camp like Kyle Brodziak did in 2007 or Ethan Bear did one year ago.

LW Joe Gambardella. I’m not sure an Oilers management person has mentioned his name in a year, and that’s a tell. Forechecking is his forte, so there should be some time for him, and as is the case with Benson, the depth chart is welcoming at this time.

LW Ostap Safin. He was healthy in 2019-20 and that’s a victory. The numbers from the ECHL were just okay, but full health was the major concern and we’ll see what he brings in Bakersfield.

RW Zack Kassian. Edmonton badly needs first half Kassian (44, 13-15-28) and cannot abide second half Kassian (15, 2-4-6, suspension, inconsistent play). I’m a fan of this player, and believe intimidation is effective, but he has to play smarter if he’s going to be part of the future.

RW Kailer Yamamoto. In 53 NHL games over his career, he is 12-19-31. That works out to around 50 points in 82 games, and that my friends is a valuable player. One of the extreme positives for Edmonton, who have had a helluva time graduating good forwards from Bakersfield.

RW Jesse Puljujarvi. The entire story is so damn encouraging. After his first experience with the team, JP sounded convincing when saying he would never return. Well, he’s signed for two seasons and I do believe Holland got him a center (Turris). If they can find the soft underbelly of the opposition and left winger (Ennis, I believe), we could see 10-15 goals from this young man. One of the truly compelling stories about the season to come.

RW Alex Chiasson. He was the most effective bottom-six forward in possession and had a solid year on the PP. He is a candidate to move over to left wing and one of the few reliable players on the wing. Trade rumours have clouded his offseason but he’s still here.

RW Josh Archibald. A utility player at a position that has no room at the Inn, Archibald is also a player we could see moving to left wing due to overcrowding. His goal differential at five on five a year ago was disconcerting, it might land him on the fourth line should it continue.

RW Patrick Russell. He signed a contract that looked like he won the No. 14F job with the Oilers, but right now it doesn’t look that way. The coach trusts him, so he still has a chance.

RW Seth Griffith. I know this player pretty well, former Bruins draft pick from 2012. He scored 20 in the AHL as a rookie and did it again last season, has posted strong scoring seasons in the minors all down the line. In 79 NHL games, he is 8-11-19. Should be considered a long shot for recall.

RW Raphael Lavoie. The most promising goal scorer among the players who have turned pro, he is 2-1-3 in four Allsvenskan games so far this season. He is the one Oilers prospects who is a forward and 20+ who I believe will have an NHL career.

RW Kirill Maksimov. Not much shaking so far in the KHL, no points in three games. Among the forwards slated for Bakersfield, this coming season was perhaps more important to Maksimov than any other young player.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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Kinger_Oil.redux

– HoLLand’s strategy has a clear pattern. His double consonant pickups are good. He ought to get more of the them: I call it the HoLLand CVC rule (for those english afficionads:

– TiPPet: good
– BaRRie: good
– eNNis: good
– Mike Smith: not good
– AA: only his initials, so does not qualify, suspect he followed his CVC rule and dumped him
– JeSSe: good
– TuRRis: Good

– They need to make a trade for goalie jOOnas

– If he moved KaSSian and ChiaSSon, that conforms to his rule of making good deals involving doulbe-barreled letter: make is so.

– A focus on this strategy optimizes PlayoFFs. IMO

VanIsleOil

Kinger_Oil.redux,

With this strategy, maybe the Oil should pursue Taylor HaLL or perhaps Mike HoFFman

Material Elvis

VanIsleOil:
Kinger_Oil.redux,

With this strategy, maybe the Oil should pursue Taylor HaLL or perhaps Mike HoFFman

Hall signed with BuFFalo already.

flea

VanIsleOil,

I prefer Brendan GaLLagher!

Seriously every team wants this guy. He’d be a great fit in Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton.

Definite Van connections for him though. But can they put together an enticing package?

VanIsleOil

Material Elvis,

Right… I guess HoFFman it is for the OiLLers

stephenw24

The Seattle Kraken will have the same tax advantages as Las Vegas when they join the NHL as there is no state income tax.

I think the largest point this raises will be when Brogan Rafferty reaches free agency. They will be in the Pacific Northwest and have a tax advantage over the Canucks in signing the perennial Norris candidate.

Melvis

If the entertainment button here hasn’t been entirely dismantled…I think we need to acquire or trade for a new goLLLLLL song. And I can see a contest in the notion.

dustrock

I like Barrie, but could we not have run Larsson-Bear-Bouchard and saved $3.75m?

PinkSocks

Notable on Lavoie; his team is horrible. He has 3 points in 4 games; the entire team has 5 goals in those 4 games. No one else on the team has more than a single point. Leading the way!

Jaxon

flea:
VanIsleOil,

I prefer Brendan GaLLagher!

Seriously every team wants this guy. He’d be a great fit in Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton.

Definite Van connections for him though. But can they put together an enticing package?

He was born in Edmonton and lived there until he turned 12 and moved to Delta, BC. So maybe Edmonton has some hometown pull as well. A Chance to play with one of McDavid, Draisaitl, or even Nugent-Hopkins, Turris or Holloway (in the future) probably looks like a good place to land.

dustrock

If he trades Ka$$ian, then the double letter theory may hold. That contract is terrible though.

stephenw24

Does anyone think the hawks are just giving up on the next season or will they break the team apart and start a total rebuild.?

PinkSocks

stephenw24:
The Seattle Kraken will have the same tax advantages as Las Vegas when they join the NHL as there is no state income tax.

I think the largest point this raises will be when Brogan Rafferty reaches free agency.They will be in the Pacific Northwest and have a tax advantage over the Canucks in signing the perennial Norris candidate.

Nevada is significantly a better place for Bragan Rafferty once he reaches free agency. The sales tax in Washington is almost 10% offsetting the no income tax. Next door neighbor Idaho has an 8% income tax, a lower property tax, and a 6% sales tax. It’s cheaper to live in Idaho by quite some margin.

Nevada’s sales tax is less than half of Washington. Brogan will pocket even more of his 9-digit mega deal if he does so in a gold and black uniform.

LadiesloveSmid

I wonder if LeNNart PetreLL has an NHL out clause

Material Elvis

dustrock:
I like Barrie, but could we not have run Larsson-Bear-Bouchard and saved $3.75m?

That’s very risky. You really believe Larsson can play an entire season without getting injured? Then you have Bear, a rookie, and Russell covering the right side. No thanks. Barrie was a very nice signing.

Material Elvis

LadiesloveSmid:
I wonder if LeNNart PetreLL has an NHL out clause

Can’t have enough elite penalty killers……

godot10

Yamamoto isn’t established enough to be considered part of a pair.

Yamamoto without Draisaitl AND Nugent-Hopkins has shown subpar offensive production.

Yamamoto will establish himself at some point, but to bet or assume it right now is risky bet.

If Tippett takes that bet, he is likely to be handed his hat like Chicago handed him his hat in the bubble.

hunter1909

stephenw24:
Does anyone think the hawks are just giving up on the next season or will they break the team apart andstart a total rebuild.?

Pretty funny, in a horrible way, considering Oilers are currently their biatches.

tileguy

gOOd grief

hunter1909

godot10: If Tippett takes that bet, he is likely to be handed his hat like Chicago handed him his hat in the bubble.

lol both were thinking about the Oilers v hawks.

godot10

VanIsleOil:
Kinger_Oil.redux,

With this strategy, maybe the Oil should pursue Taylor HaLL or perhaps Mike HoFFman

Anthony CireLLi

godot10

flea:
VanIsleOil,

I prefer Brendan GaLLagher!

Seriously every team wants this guy. He’d be a great fit in Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton.

Definite Van connections for him though. But can they put together an enticing package?

I don’t want his next contract.

godot10

dustrock:
I like Barrie, but could we not have run Larsson-Bear-Bouchard and saved $3.75m?

You need four D on each side, at least. Especially with a compressed and back-to-back schedule.

There will be injuries.

defmn

Friedman confirming in his 31 thoughts this morning that Holland was sure he had Markstrom coming to the Oilers.

==============================

14. Edmonton really believed it was going to get Markstrom, and were stung when things didn’t work out.

==============================

So if all the rumours are correct this team could have come out of FA with AA – offered 2.4 mil – Benning – not sure if we ever heard a number – and Markstrom at $5 mil for about $8.9 if Benning was offered $1.5.

So which do we prefer? The three above or Turris $1.65, Barrie $3.75, Ennis $1 & Smith $1.5 for $7.9?

Did we miss out or did we get lucky?

Elgin R

PinkSocks:
Notable on Lavoie; his team is horrible.He has 3 points in 4 games; the entire team has 5 goals in those 4 games.No one else on the team has more than a single point.Leading the way!

In his last 3-years of Junior in the Q, Lavoie played for teams that finished no worse than 3rd out of 18 teams. This change may be beneficial to the growth of his mental toughness. It is not easy playing your best for a losing team. Hoping he keeps it up and shows that no matter what he can be counted on. Good arrows and thanks for the update.

Material Elvis

defmn:
Friedman confirming in his 31 thoughts this morning that Holland was sure he had Markstrom coming to the Oilers.

==============================

14. Edmonton really believed it was going to get Markstrom, and were stung when things didn’t work out.

==============================

So if all the rumours are correct this team could have come out of FA with AA – offered 2.4 mil – Benning – not sure if we ever heard a number – and Markstrom at $5 mil for about $8.9 if Benning was offered $1.5.

So which do we prefer? The three above or Turris $1.65, Barrie $3.75, Ennis $1 & Smith $1.5 for $7.9?

Did we miss out or did we get lucky?

My vote is got lucky. I don’t like Markstrom’s contract at all. He is good when healthy but seems to get hurt often. And his agent used the Oilers to get a better deal from the Flames; I don’t think he had any intention of signing in Edmonton. AA at $2.4M is an overpay. The only hiccup that Holland had was the Smith signing. I’m concerned that Holland will overpay for wingers or goalie next season when he gets some real cap space to work with.

Material Elvis

godot10: Anthony CireLLi

YeSSSS!

Elgin R

godot10: You need four D on each side, at least.Especially with a compressed and back-to-back schedule.

There will be injuries.

Not to mention if the NHL goes with a Canadian division and a 54 game schedule there will be 9 BOA games. Both the Oilers and Flames will need lots of players. In addition, the Flames will need a 3rd goalie after the required Smith v Markstrom beatdown.

LMHF#1

Re: Markstrom

So – we have another GM who puts the eggs in one basket and doesn’t think any steps ahead…great…

Hopefully just a rumor.

UGHHHHH – putting together multiple plans and scenarios isn’t that difficult…

SwedishPoster

PinkSocks:
Notable on Lavoie; his team is horrible.He has 3 points in 4 games; the entire team has 5 goals in those 4 games.No one else on the team has more than a single point.Leading the way!

Yeah, newly promoted, lowest budget in the league and pretty much every expert has them finishing dead last. Lots of heart and an up and coming coach who seems pretty smart. Think it’s a good spot to kick off his pro career, he’ll see a lot of ice.

McSorley33

defmn:
Friedman confirming in his 31 thoughts this morning that Holland was sure he had Markstrom coming to the Oilers.

==============================

14. Edmonton really believed it was going to get Markstrom, and were stung when things didn’t work out.

==============================

So if all the rumours are correct this team could have come out of FA with AA – offered 2.4 mil – Benning – not sure if we ever heard a number – and Markstrom at $5 mil for about $8.9 if Benning was offered $1.5.

So which do we prefer? The three above or Turris $1.65, Barrie $3.75, Ennis $1 & Smith $1.5 for $7.9?

Did we miss out or did we get lucky?

Just like our heated pursuit of David Clarkson – we got lucky.

Jacob Markstrom turns 31 just after the season begins…..6 years is way, way too long to commit
to a goalie.

Will Markstrom have a few good years – probably. Can’t wait how he does in those final 2 or years of that contract .

Flat cap for the next few years as well.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

stephenw24:
The Seattle Kraken will have the same tax advantages as Las Vegas when they join the NHL as there is no state income tax.

I think the largest point this raises will be when Brogan Rafferty reaches free agency.They will be in the Pacific Northwest and have a tax advantage over the Canucks in signing the perennial Norris candidate.

I can confirm Brogan raFFerty thinks he will win a noRRis.

JimmyV1965

Okay. I have to say it. With all this Rafferty chatter, he’s going to come in and win the Calder trophy.

Material Elvis

McSorley33: Just like our heated pursuit of David Clarkson – we got lucky.

Jacob Markstrom turns 31 just after the season begins…..6 years is way, way too long to commit
to a goalie.

Will Markstrom have a few good years – probably.Can’t wait how he does in those final 2 or years of that contract .

Flat cap for the next few years as well.

I was groaning when I heard the rumor that Holland had offered a seven year contract. I mean, if it was Carter Hart then I would understand. But for a 31 year old? That’s crazy.

pts2pndr

Lowetide: Don’t you mean Brogan RaFFerty?

Quick shut the blog down it’s contagious!😂

pts2pndr

Brogan Rafferty’s Uncle Steve: I can confirm Brogan raFFerty thinks he will win a noRRis.

You mean HH believes Brogan RaFFerty will win the noRRis
# did I get it right

J-Bo

My understanding of maximizing LTIR capspace leads me to believe Oscar Klefbom’s injury could give them the opportunity to lock up Bear long term. It sounds like if they are over the cap by close to the 4 million contract of Klefbom on opening day that they can then use LTIR to get back under the cap and in so doing, maximize their LTIR. What about signing Bear to something close to Klefbom’s contract then? There is risk in this, but even if Klefbom comes back, you would think they could trade Russell to get back under the cap? Just a thought.

OriginalPouzar

The way to maximize the LTIR cap overage cushion is to get as close to the cap as possible on day of the regular season (without going over) and then placing the player on LTIR.

The amount of the LTIR cap overage cushion is the yearly cap hit of the player placed on LTIR less the cap space the team had at the time of placement.

Yes, they could go over the cap in the off-season and not get compliant by day 1 and then place Klefbom on LTIR in the off-season to get compliant and the amount of the LTIR overage cushion is that amount they are over on that day.

They could use the off-season LTIR to sign Bear for term but it creates great risk and stress on in-season roster moves.

They would be absolutely capped out on day 1 and would’t even have room to bring up a player from the AHL (or taxi squad) for an injury replacement. For example, Nuge tweaks a groin and will be out for two weeks – sorry, no replacement can be added – no cap for it.

Not to mention, if Klef was to come back during the regular season, his full cap hit would need to fit in – that would be almost impossible without major surgery.

Munny

defmn:
Friedman confirming in his 31 thoughts this morning that Holland was sure he had Markstrom coming to the Oilers.

==============================

14. Edmonton really believed it was going to get Markstrom, and were stung when things didn’t work out.

==============================

So if all the rumours are correct this team could have come out of FA with AA – offered 2.4 mil – Benning – not sure if we ever heard a number – and Markstrom at $5 mil for about $8.9 if Benning was offered $1.5.

So which do we prefer? The three above or Turris $1.65, Barrie $3.75, Ennis $1 & Smith $1.5 for $7.9?

Did we miss out or did we get lucky?

Hard to say without knowing what his plans for Koski were.

It is interesting though that Markstrom was the only goalie he thought worth giving a payday.

And that he still thinks a true starter is the way to go under a cap.

Shane

LT the picture you used for the athletic article is perfect. Connor McDavid being interfered with while in on a break with the official also in photo with his arms clearly hanging at his sides..

OriginalPouzar

Its interesting to note that Smith’s 5 on 5 save percentage was so poor while his 4 on 5 save percentage led the league……

OriginalPouzar

Caleb Jones is a key to the season – if he can duplicate his 2LD games from last year over the course of a season, the Oilers will be flying high (and able to make substantial moves with a prominant LD out in the off-season). He was excellent for 8 games (or so) with Larsson – doing it over the course of a season is another story but, if he can come close, the season will be looking good.

So much talk about Barrie helping the PP but I expect more help at 5 on 5 – he was 6th in the NHL in 5 on 5 points for d-men after Keefe took over on November 20th and, over the last 3 years in aggregate, he is 8th in the NHL in 5 on 5 points for d-men. He is a substantial creator of offence at evens and he has some high end transition forwards to pass that puck to.

Evan Bouchard will play many NHL games this year even if he starts as 4RD with no injuries out of camp. As of now, the two emergency shift over d-man (Jones and Russell) are needed on the left side (subject to the coaches showing they actually trust William Lagesson) and injuries are going to happen.

Given the situation, its disappointing that Berglund committed to the SHL for the year, his presence in the AHL as a potential call up would be great. Then again, the SHL ends in March or so – he could be over not long in to the NHL season.

Jiminey

OriginalPouzar:
Its interesting to note that Smith’s 5 on 5 save percentage was so poor while his 4 on 5 save percentage led the league……

I’d submit this is because Smith has a much better save percentage when he STAYS IN THE CREASE! Much less likely to leave the crease short handed. If you took away all the goals he gave away last year by wandering, his save percentage would be up more then a few points.

Harpers Hair

OriginalPouzar:
Its interesting to note that Smith’s 5 on 5 save percentage was so poor while his 4 on 5 save percentage led the league……

One of these is repeatable…the other likely not.

John Chambers

OriginalPouzar:
Its interesting to note that Smith’s 5 on 5 save percentage was so poor while his 4 on 5 save percentage led the league……

He tends to stay in his net on e PK

OriginalPouzar

Of note, Eddie Pasquale has started three straight games for Locomotiv – not sure what is going on with Konovalov – maybe its an injury or illness? He looks to be the back-up (again) with Berezkin dressed but as an extra forward.

Looks like Maksimov isn’t dressed for Moscow – he is indeed pointless in 3 KHL games with limited ice but he does have 6 points in 5 games in the VHL – as he bounces between the two leagues.

Alpine

OriginalPouzar,

Being behind a great PK would help that.

flyfish1168

Kinger_Oil.redux:
– HoLLand’s strategy has a clear pattern.His double consonant pickups are good.He ought to get more of the them: I call it the HoLLand CVC rule (for those english afficionads:

– TiPPet: good
– BaRRie: good
– eNNis: good
– Mike Smith: not good
– AA: only his initials, so does not qualify, suspect he followed his CVC rule and dumped him
– JeSSe: good
– TuRRis: Good

– They need to make a trade for goalie jOOnas

– If he moved KaSSian and ChiaSSon, that conforms to his rule of making good deals involving doulbe-barreled letter: make is so.

– A focus on this strategy optimizes PlayoFFs. IMO

I wish we still have some Coffey

flyfish1168

Kinger_Oil.redux:
– HoLLand’s strategy has a clear pattern.His double consonant pickups are good.He ought to get more of the them: I call it the HoLLand CVC rule (for those english afficionads:

– TiPPet: good
– BaRRie: good
– eNNis: good
– Mike Smith: not good
– AA: only his initials, so does not qualify, suspect he followed his CVC rule and dumped him
– JeSSe: good
– TuRRis: Good

– They need to make a trade for goalie jOOnas

– If he moved KaSSian and ChiaSSon, that conforms to his rule of making good deals involving doulbe-barreled letter: make is so.

– A focus on this strategy optimizes PlayoFFs. IMO

I wish we had some coFFey